Happy Birthday America!
Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and the forming of the USA, and eventual separate creation by fleeing Loyalists of Upper Canada and the Dominion of Canada after the American War of Independence (1775-1782).
•the population of America in 1776 was 3 million
•45% of colonists fully supported the war
•20% of colonists were outright loyal to Britain
•80,000 militia and Continental Army soldiers served at the height of the war
•56,000 British soldiers fought at the height of the war
•25,000 Revolutionary Soldiers died during the war
•24,000 British Soldiers were killed during the war
•100,000 Loyalist fled to Canada, the Bahamas and England during the war
There are many fascinating tales of the veterans who lived through those times either from the defending British and Canadian troops and the British settlers as well as from the Revolutionary army and their families who fought for indepence. We would love to hear more about your Revolutionary and British American continental ancestors?